Spotlight On… Monica Lizama

Monica Lizama was born in Chile, and writes children’s books from a dog’s point of view.   She has a degree in Primary Education from Universidad de Chile, where she worked until she came to live in Sydney with her four children. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Writing from University of Technology, Sydney. She has attended courses at the NSW ...

Digital writing: what’s it all about?

Connor O'Brien is the director of the Digital Writers' Festival held online and in Melbourne next year from 11 - 22 February 2015. He spoke to Amelia Cox about digital literature, the possibilities available to us now for creative projects and whether we should compare what happens in the digital sphere to traditional literary practices (hint: we shouldn't). O'Brien ran a ...

Book review: My Mum Makes by Lothian/Hachette

My Mum Makes is a cheerful and colourful early childhood picture book released by Lothian/Hachette in 2012. It is a walkthrough rather than a narrative, and on each opening the focalising child explains the things that her mum can make and do. Mum makes her get up in the morning, makes a mess with her in the kitchen, makes artwork ...

Pamela Cook on Creative Writing

In your workshop, Wildwords, you'll be teaching students key tools to help them engage with their creativity and to develop stronger writing practices. What do you see as some of the major creative impediments that writers face when they begin a project? The biggest problem for many writers is dealing with the inner critic - that nagging voice in your head that says 'You ...

Interview: Allison Tait on The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World

Allison Tait is a multi-genre writer who has more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing. She has written four non-fiction books, including Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009), Career Mums (Penguin Australia, 2012) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies. Her children’s novel The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World has just been released by Hachette, under the name A.L. Tait. It’s the first in ...

Spotlight On… Rosamund Dallow

Rosamund Dallow was born in Napier, New Zealand, and moved to Australia in 1966. Her writing career includes several pieces published in Dance Australia, many short stories submitted for competitions, prolific letter writing — some were published in the Sydney Morning Herald. She has published her first novel, Broken Rhythms, a generational saga based on historical and society-changing events over ...

Tips and Tricks: Writing for Young Adults course with James Roy

Despite his initial reluctance, James Roy is now the author of twenty books for young people, including two Children’s Book Council Honour Books, Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, and Town, which won the NSW Premier’s Award (Ethel Turner Prize) in 2008. Amelia Cox attended the six-week course, Writing for Young Adults with James Roy, run at the NSW Writers’ Centre ...

Spotlight On… Louise Jaques

Following on from the Emerging Writers’ Festival, we’re interviewing Louise Jaques. Louise has won several awards for her poetry and also writes poetry reviews for the NSW Writers’ Centre. Louise Jaques is an emerging poet. In 2009, she was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year finalists, and remained active in the creative writing scene during ...

Interview: author Cornelia Funke on the MirrorWorld App

Children’s fiction author, Cornelia Funke, was a guest at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival where she talked about using technology to enhance storytelling. During the session, she presented the MirrorWorld app — a compendium of living stories that expand on the fantasy world Cornelia created in her Reckless and Fearless novels. The app combines cinema, storybook and interactive elements in 16 ...

Spotlight On… O.N. Stefan

O.N. Stefan lives in Sydney, Australia and finds inspiration for the characters in her books from everywhere and anywhere.  The car chase scenes are from O.N. Stefan's memory banks because, as a child, she witnessed many car accidents as she lived near a bad T-intersection. Nearly every weekend vehicles miscalculated the sharp corner and either ran into a light post, an oncoming ...

Poetry Book Review: Drones and Phantoms by Jennifer Maiden

Jennifer Maiden is one of Australia’s most prolific and impressive poets. Leaving a string of accolades in her wake, her three most recent books have all won major prizes, including Liquid Nitrogen, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her latest offering, Drones and Phantoms, is again likely to attract deserved praise for its disparaging irreverence and ...

Celebrating our Member Success Stories

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have achieved amazing successes in 2014. Many have had their first short stories or poems published, some have won writing competitions, received valuable fellowships or residencies, and others have had their first book published. They are novelists, children’s writers, poets, writers of non-fiction, memoir and more, and they serve as an ...

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